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FY 2014 Grantees

Cultural Community Partnership Grants

Cultural Community Partnership grants are designed to enhance the careers of individual artists of color.

Artists can apply for grants to help support a collaborative project with another Minnesota artist of color or a Minnesota nonprofit organization.

Number of grants awarded as of January 8, 2014 13
Total dollars awarded as of January 8, 2014 $ 100,000

Grantee, City Grant Amount
Aniccha Arts, Minneapolis $  8,000
Dance artist Vasudevan and theater artist Masanari Kawahara, will take inspiration from origami to create various life-size landscapes and performative objects. A work-in-progress performance is planned along with a workshop for youth.
Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis $  8,000
Children's Theatre Company will collaborate with playwright and actress Sonja Parks to create and perform Seedfolks, a one-woman play that investigates the power of a garden to grow more than just food in a diverse and sometimes fractured urban community.
Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer $  8,000
Franconia Sculpture Park and partner, actor and director Harry Waters, Jr., will produce a contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Tempest, culminating in public performances at Franconia Sculpture Park in September 2014.
Kathryn J. Haddad, Minneapolis $  8,000
Playwright Haddad will collaborate with director Dipankar Mukherjee to present the play, Safari (The Journey). The play explores the lives of two undocumented Arab immigrants as they travel across the United States trying to find home.
Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis $  8,000
Highpoint Center for Printmaking's master printer will partner with visual artist Julie Buffalohead, to expand her printmaking skills. A public exhibition in Highpoint's galleries will be part of the project.
Zainab Musa, Minneapolis $  8,000
Spoken word artist Musa will partner with director and designer Eric Avery, to produce his first independent production of Enough, a spoken word play adapted over the course of five weeks to culminate in a four-day workshop installation open to the public.
North Shore Music Association, Grand Marais $  4,500
North Shore Music Association and partner, guitarist Briand Morrison, will work together to produce a jazz/blues/rock CD of twelve original tracks and live performance at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais.
Public Art Saint Paul, Saint Paul $  8,000
Public Art Saint Paul and partner, visual and social practice artist Seitu Jones, will produce "CREATE: The Community Meal," a multidisciplinary public artwork that addresses food justice in Saint Paul by reducing barriers to making healthy food choices. It will culminate in a meal for 2,000 people at a half-mile long table in September 2014.
Ragamala Dance, Minneapolis $  8,000
Ragamala Dance and partner, playwright Zaraawar Mistry, will research and write the text for a new production, Squares of Destiny (working title), based on the ancient Indian game, Paramapadam.
Rain Taxi Review of Books, Minneapolis $  7,500
Rain Taxi and partner J. Otis Powell will work together to publish a chapbook of new literary work by Powell. A reading and discussion will be open to the public.
Ritz Theater Presents, Minneapolis $  8,000
Ballet of the Dolls and choreographer Kenna Cottman will partner to produce "Crayon Crowd Control Concept", for her evening-length, contemporary choreographic debut in November 2014. Cottman will use traditional and modern forms to question the nature of dance itself.
Rochester Art Center, Rochester $  8,000
Rochester Art Center and partner, visual artist Lamar Peterson, will render one of his whimsical, two-dimensional characters as an oversized inflatable outdoor sculpture that is publicly visible, accessible, and fosters discussion about its African American content.
White Earth Land Recovery Project, Callaway $  8,000
White Earth Land Recovery Project and partner, visual artist Teresa LaDuke, will create an interactive public art installation on the outer walls of abandoned buildings on the White Earth reservation in northwest Minnesota as a platform for the community to express its dreams and hopes for the future.


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